This Sunday, April 22
Between Worship Services
The Share the Light Capital Campaign is hosting a Prayer Event this Sunday between services in the Narthex area. The Prayer Team invites you into this spiritual journey that is grounded in gratitude, revealed in prayer, and lived in faith. Join us in grateful prayer for the expansion projects of this campaign and the church leadership teams. There will be prayer stations marked with the Share the Light logo in the Narthex and around the new multi-purpose space just outside the Narthex. Please take a few minutes to visit each station. Pray for our church, pray for the campaign, and pray that we will have the courage to follow where God is leading us in our families, our church, our West Chester community, and in the world!
Drop off donations
through Thursday, April 19
Shop Saturday, April 21
8 am - 1 pm
LOL Preview Night
Friday, April 20
6 pm - 8 pm
It’s the annual ginormous Rummage Sale! All proceeds support the senior high trip to the 2018 ELCA National Youth Gathering in Houston this June. Great deals on gently used furniture, kid stuff, books, kitchen goods, garden gear, sporting goods, holiday decor, and more! How can you help?
DONATE! Drop off your treasures. Thursday, April 19 is the last day for donations.
ADVERTISE! Tell your friends and neighbors about our sale!
VOLUNTEER! Are you itching to get first look at all the great stuff? Come and help us sort and price merchandise. We will also need workers the day of the sale.
SHOP! Come and discover the bargains, Saturday, April 21. Lord of Life members can shop at the preview sale Friday night, April 20, 6 – 8 pm. Bring friends!
Thanks for your support and love of our Youth! Want to help? Have a question? Need help transporting a large donation item?
Lori Krach or Janette Metzger
April 24, 5:30 pm
Faith Community Methodist Church
8230 Cox Rd
Come and help us prep and serve a hot meal for our neighbors in need. Stepping Forward, a ministry of the Faith Alliance, is a weekly community meal and enrichment opportunity that equips low-income families with the skills, knowledge, and nourishment they need to take the next step forward in life. Hosted at Faith Community Methodist Church, West Chester, Lord of Life takes our turn the fourth Tuesday of each month. We need your help feeding our neighbors. Join in this ministry of hospitality and welcome.
All you need are willing hands and a willing heart: all ages and abilities are welcome to serve.
We are looking for the following donations for this month’s meal:
´ Hot dogs
´ Hot dog buns
´ Grated cheese
´ Skyline chili
´ Oyster Crackers
Next host date
May 20 - 27
Lord of Life is a Host Church for families in the Family Promise program in Butler County. Family Promise addresses the needs of families struggling with homelessness by providing shelter, meals, and support services. As a host church we open our doors to these families and provide a place to sleep, meals and a caring group of people to be with in the evenings.
You can sign up online to serve, or on the Family Promise Board in the Narthex.
Thank you in advance for loving our families, being flexible, and contributing to this life-changing ministry!
Applications are due May 1
Lord of Life is excited to announce a $1,500 college scholarship. This non-renewable award has been created by church members who, through gifts and memorials, have endowed a scholarship fund that will award one scholarship each year.
The scholarship will be awarded to a graduating high school senior who is a member of Lord of Life, displays exemplary service to the church and community, who will be attending a technical college or pursuing a four-year college degree on a full-time basis, and provides an essay on their faith journey in the application.
Complete details about the scholarship as well as the application are now available and can be downloaded or printed at www.lol-lutheran.com/scholarship or picked up in the church office. Completed applications must be turned in to the church office by May 1 for consideration. The scholarship will be awarded during the graduation recognition worship service on Mother’s Day, May 13.
Wednesday, April 25, 7 pm
in the Sanctuary
If you are already a volunteer, or are interested in finding out more, please plan to attend. All Family Promise volunteers are strongly encouraged to attend a training session.
Doug and Kathryn Gruver
Help us collect 100,000 books for the children of Houston!
The 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering will be collecting books for students in Pre-K through 6th grade.
The Gathering has recognized the need to lift up literacy in Houston. Building a foundation of literacy starts before entering Kindergarten. Students who read at home become strong writers, critical thinkers, and more successful students than those who do not. Houston Independent School District estimates that 74% of the students in the district come from families who struggle to provide books for their children. This means the students begin each school year at a disadvantage.
In joining the Gathering’s Blast Off for Books campaign, you will help ensure bright futures for Houston’s students. The books you donate will be distributed at community book fairs, camps, and other events around the city as part of the Gathering’s Service Learning experience. By putting books in the hands of Houston’s economically disadvantaged students, you can help change lives.
Our partners at the Houston Independent School District identified the following books:
Bad Kitty (Series) by Nick Bruel
Elephant and Piggie (Series) by Mo Willems
Frog and Toad (Series) by Arnold Lobel
It's Shoe Time by Mo Willems and Brian Collier
Little Bear (Series) by Elsa Holmelund Minarik
Mercy Watson (Series) by Kate DiCamillo
Amulet (Series) by Kazu Kibuisji
El Deafo by Cece Bell
Ghost by Raina Telgameier
Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
Secret Coders (Series) by Gene Luen Yang
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jaqueline Woodson
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Series) by Jeff Kinney
Dog Man (Series) by Dav Pilkey
Dragon Masters (Series) by Tracey West
Eerie Elementary (Series) by Jack Chabert
Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Frank Einstein (Series) by Jon Scieszka
Ghost by Jason Reynolds
I Survived (Series) by Lauren Tarshis
Laura Line by Crystal Allen
Matilda by Ronald Dahl
One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams Garcia
Origami Yoda (Series) by Tom Angleberger
Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart
The Cross Over by Kwame Alexander
The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine
The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes
Wonder by Raquel Palacio
Creepy Pair of Underwear by Aaron Reynolds
Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubim
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena
Mango, Abuela and Me by Meg Medina
Pete the Cat (Series) by James Dean
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
Why Am I Me by Paige Britt
Nerds, Book 1: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society by Michael Buckley
Martina and the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale by Carmen Agra Deedy
Please use the book list above to purchase or order a few from your favorite book retailer, then bring your book donations to Lord of Life by Sunday, May 27. We’ll deliver them to the Southern Ohio Synod Assembly in Columbus, June 1-2. From there, they will be packaged and sent to Houston. Please only bring the books that are listed above. All books must be new or gently used. Thank you for helping children read and thrive!
Sunday, April 22, 3 pm
Christ the King Lutheran Church
7393 Dimmick Rd, West Chester
The concert features classical guitarist Steven Pezella. A freewill offering will be collected to benefit VEIL senior high trip to ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston this summer.
Sunday, May 13
All Worship Services
Are you graduating from high school, college, technical school, or being awarded a certificate or advanced degree? We would like to honor you. Please send your name and information about your milestone to Lisa Bacu. Graduates will be recognized during all three worship services.
Inaugural Event: Valley Vineyards
Friday, May 4, 5 pm
2276 East US 22 & 3, Morrow, Ohio
Do you miss monthly adult fellowship and 5th Saturday euchre? Come and make new friends. This new group will be exploring lots of opportunities to get together. Join the fun at Valley Vineyards. You will have your choice of steak, shrimp, or salmon entree. Cost is $35 per person. Carpooling is available. RSVP to Becky by May 2.
Save the Date!
June 18 - 22
9 am- noon
Registration Begins May 1
Join the fun!
We need your help! If you are interested in leading or volunteering, please contact Megan Wagonfield.
Help stock local food banks by tending our community garden. If you would like to learn about gardening or you are a gardener we can use your help. Garden helpers plant, water, weed, harvest and deliver the vegetables to Faith Alliance Food Pantry and Haven House Homeless Shelter. Let us know you would like to help in the garden by printing your name, email address, and phone number on the sign-up sheet on the Outreach Bulletin Board.
2nd Tuesday of the month, 7 pm
in the Church Library
HOPE: Hands Offering Prayerful Encouragement. HOPE is a Christian support group for family and friends of those living with mental illness. You are not alone. Your struggles are real. And yet there is HOPE. Lord of Life is reaching out to all whose loved ones have encountered mental illness. This is a safe place. Come. Receive the compassion and support of others who are walking the same path.
1st and 3rd Tuesdays
in the Fellowship Hall
Have a favorite craft but can't find time to work on it? Mark your calendar and join this crafting group! Bring your craft and enjoy some laughter and conversation while you create. Knit, crochet, cross stitch, beads, cards -- whatever keeps your hands busy. All ages welcome! Come as you are able.
1st, 3rd (&5th)
Wednesdays of the Month
in the Fellowship Hall
Did you know that we have a quilting ministry that meets several times each month? We welcome additional hands to help cut, sew, and knot quilts! Bring your own scissors and needle, all other supplies are furnished. If you are ready to jump in, come and be part of this creating ministry, join us to help us bless others.
Sundays, 2 - 4 pm
in the Fellowship Hall
No Spanish Required
Pastora Carmen Colon-Brown
Come join the children of Vida Eterna for a Sunday afternoon of tutoring and fellowship. No Spanish required. Most of the children are elementary age and eager to learn. Can you help?
Hosted by the Jesuit Spiritual Center
Jesuit Spiritual Center at Milford creates a Christ-centered oasis where people of all walks of life are encouraged to experience a deeper relationship with God. They are a spiritual center providing a tranquil environment for prayer and discernment rooted in the Gospel as expressed in the Spiritual Exercises ofSt. Ignatius of Loyola.
For details and registration visit
1st and 3rd Mondays, 7pm
George Bryans' home
The men are studying 1 John. It is a short, but powerful letter about living and loving from a position of faith.
March 19: Who Is Jesus – Really? 1 John 1:1-2:2
April 2: Who Are We – Really? 1 John 2:29–3:24
April 16: How Can We Love – Really? 1 John 4:1-21
May 7: How Can We Live – Really? 1 John 5:1-13
May 21: Party @ Gruver’s Barn
Join us! Come as you are able.
1st & 3rd Tuesdays
of each month
7 pm in the church library
Traveling through life with a partner? The Couples Bible Study is an opportunity to grow together in faith alongside other couples. This informal group covers a variety of study topics over the course of the educational year. Grab your better half and settle in for some meaningful, Christ-centered learning, laughing, and talking.
Thursdays at 9:45 am
in the Library
Once a month, the senior high kids meet on Sundays for faith and fellowship. Sound like fun? Watch the announcements for details, or contact Lori or Janette to be added to the senior high distribution list. Bring a friend!
1 Easter Breakfast
15 Rummage Sale Drop Off
21 Rummage Sale
Lori or Janette
Sunday mornings, 9:30 am
in the church library
led by Ed Williams
The group is studying the book of Mark.
VEIL is a Congregation Under Development in partnership with the ELCA Churchwide Office and the Southern Ohio Synod.
The VEIL community is a diverse, bilingual, Christian Latino community, open to all people. Our mission is to be a witness of God’s unconditional love — striving to empower a worshiping environment, fostering love for our neighbor through teaching, caring relationships — welcoming the creativity of the Holy Spirit in conversation and action.
Sundays, 7:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall
Sundays, 7:30 pm in the Library
Mondays, 7 pm in the Library
HOPE Support Group
2nd Tuesdays, 7 pm in the Library
First meeting March 13
For loved ones of those with mental illness
Our diaper drawer is completely full! Many thanks to those who have contributed to our Mothers’ Ministry program! There still exists a need for:
— Baby Wipes (especially refills in soft plastic packages)
— 100% Juice boxes
— Tampons (plastic only)
— Feminine pads (THIN Regular and THIN Overnight)
Please place your items in the VEIL Office.
A very easy way to help support VEIL: If you shop at Kroger, please sign up with their Community Rewards program & choose VEIL as the group you’d like to support. Our number is 29572. A percentage of all that you spend at Kroger is given to the mission church. Last quarter, VEIL received almost $100 from this program. Please consider signing up.
Pastora Carmen Colón-Brown
Lots of fun things are going on at the Preschool! We have 109 kids currently enrolled, and 95 already signed up for next year; so exciting!
We had over 30 families participate in our Dr. Seuss Family Math Night on March 15. It was a great time and the kids learned math in a fun way. Each child went home with a goodie bag of fun math items and ideas. Each year we host an Educational night for our families.
This month we had Chapel with Lucas. He talked to us about prayers, and used emojis -- which all of the kids knew! to remind us who to pray for.
Our Easter Parties (last party of the year, hard to believe!) were lots of fun. I love that the children are totally amazed that JESUS IS ALIVE on Easter, and know that he loves us so much. But we also enjoy the Easter Bunny and an egg hunt. We also had a lot of fun celebrating Dr. Seuss and trying to catch that silly little leprechaun this month.
LOLCP is now collecting these. If you do not already have a place to donate them, we would love to have them! You can leave them in the Preschool Director mailbox in the church office.
Paula Drake, Director
Do you have a special day you’d like to commemorate? How about a someone you’d like to honor or remember? You can sign up to provide altar flowers and have that event or person noted in the weekly announcements. The Flower Chart is on the Worship bulletin board in the hallway near the Nursery, or contact the church office. More than one individual can sign up for the same day. Cost is $35 donation. All monies go toward purchasing and sustaining fresh flowers for our worship space.
Do you need more offering envelopes? We have moved to a cost-effective and environmentally friendly process of giving out envelopes to only those families that need them. Envelopes are not dated so none are wasted. Contact Cara in the office and she will record your new envelope number. You can pick up your envelopes in the office.
in the Senior High Room
aka The Lighthouse
Senior High students gather on Sunday mornings to crack open the Bible (or open a Bible app) and learn how that ancient book applies to our modern lives. Together, we cut through the complicated language to find what God is trying to tell us. There's no homework but lots of talking, asking questions, games, laughing and some praying. Sometimes, there's even treats. Students in grades 9-12 are invited to join us on this step of our journeys in faith. Come as often as you are able.
June 27 - July 1
Summer of 2018, 30,000 senior high youth will gather in Houston for worship, service, fellowship, study and holy play. This massive event, which happens every three years, is an opportunity for youth from congregations of all sizes, cultures and styles to stand together as a unified voice. Lord of Life will be sending a group of senior high youth and adults to this transformational time.
Who could have imagined, when the initial planning began for this gathering of Lutheran High School students more than four years ago, that Houston would be ground zero for the devastation of Hurricane Harvey? We anticipate this group of caring and hard-working youth will not only celebrate together, but also stand alongside the people of Texas and aid in their recovery.
Thank you in advance for the many ways you love and care for children and teens. Lord of Life has a long history of valuing and supporting youth on their journey of faith. As the excitement continues to build, we ask you to surround our group of students with prayer and encouragement.
Saturday, April 21 — Spring Rummage Sale
Don’t miss these sales to help us pay our way to Texas! Great deals on gently used furniture, kid stuff, books, kitchen goods, garden gear, sporting goods, holiday decor, and more! Donate. Help. Shop.